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Bringing Jobs Back! Cross-Border Nearshoring

Updated: May 2, 2023


Cross-border nearshoring has become an increasingly popular trend for companies looking to exit Asia, specifically China, to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. Specifically, establishing operations between the United States and Mexico offers several advantages that companies can leverage to achieve their strategic goals.


One of the most significant advantages of cross-border nearshoring between the US and Mexico is lower labor costs. Mexican wages are generally lower than in the United States, and nearshoring production to Mexico can result in significant savings on labor costs. This is particularly true for labor-intensive industries such as manufacturing, where labor costs can account for a significant portion of the total cost of production. Furthermore, with new labor protections in place, employee conditions are improving favorably and companies can better track workplace conditions.


In addition to lower labor costs, Mexico's proximity to the US makes it an attractive option for companies looking to reduce lead times and improve responsiveness to changes in consumer demand. By nearshoring production to Mexico, companies can benefit from shorter transportation times and more efficient supply chain management, resulting in faster delivery times and improved customer satisfaction.


Another advantage of cross-border nearshoring between the US and Mexico is the availability of a skilled workforce. Mexico has a large and well-educated workforce, with many workers skilled in manufacturing and production. This can help companies ensure that their products are made to a high standard and reduce the risk of quality issues or production delays.


Mexico's participation in several free trade agreements, including NAFTA and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), can also provide significant benefits for companies looking to nearshore production to Mexico. These agreements help reduce tariffs and other trade barriers, making it easier and more cost-effective for companies to do business in Mexico and access the North American market.


Finally, Mexico and the United States share many cultural and linguistic similarities, which can make it easier for companies to communicate and do business with Mexican partners and suppliers. This can help reduce misunderstandings and facilitate collaboration, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of cross-border operations.


In summary, cross-border nearshoring between the US and Mexico offers several advantages for companies looking to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. These include lower labor costs, proximity, a skilled workforce, participation in free trade agreements, and cultural and linguistic similarities.


By leveraging these advantages, Intermestic Partners has been helping companies establish successful cross-border operations to achieve their strategic goals for two decades. With operations in Arizona, Washington DC, and Mexico City, we see big potential to create great value for companies, workers, and executives looking to strengthen North American competitiveness. ✌🏽

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